Dumfries Moat Brae receives over £ 250,000 to become a ‘world class’ tourist attraction
Moat Brae receives more than a quarter of a million pounds sterling to become a ‘world class’ tourist attraction.
Design company MinaLima – the creative team behind the Harry Potter film universe and exhibitions such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – are ready to bring their magic to Dumfries.
The team will create a unique, immersive exhibit transforming large areas of the home into a “hell of ever-changing but beloved literary landscapes” focused on classic children’s literature.
A cash boost of £ 280,237 – from the government’s Community Renewal Fund – will fund the project and help Moat Brae emerge from the pandemic.
It was a multi-year £ 9million fundraising campaign that saved the Walter Newall-designed building on George Street in Dumfries from demolition and turned it into the Scottish Literature Center and children’s stories thanks to its JM Barrie and Peter Pan connections.
It opened in June 2019 and drew 26,000 people in its first nine months before the Covid-19 strike, causing closures and restrictions.
Moat Brae Director Dr Simon Davidson said: “We are delighted to have been successful in our application to the UKCRF. This is an ambitious project that will see us partner with MinaLima, the design team behind the graphic universe of the Harry Potter film series, to create an immersive new exhibit based on their Classics children’s book series. for Harper Collins.
“MinaLima’s style is incredibly imaginative and very unique and the books aren’t just filled with beautiful illustrations.
“We can’t wait to see what they have in store for our magical house.”
“This is a world famous brand and we anticipate that the exhibition will attract visitors to Dumfries from all over the world, which means the boost to the local economy will be substantial.
“I also hope this will give the people of Dumfries and Galloway a new cultural asset to be proud of.”
Although MinaLima will design the exhibition, its production will be handled by local companies and, through competitive bidding, it will offer young artists and artisans the opportunity to work with one of the most renowned graphic design companies. in the world. The exhibition is expected to go live next summer 2022 and is expected to attract visitors from around the world.
Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust President Flora Burns said: “This is such welcome news and we feel very lucky to have won. The award will help us see through our long-standing ambition for a world-class tourist destination at Moat Brae, the birthplace of Peter Pan, inspired by classic children’s books.
“We can’t wait to keep the work going and get it all done in 2022 without the need for pixie dust. “
Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell said: ‘I am delighted that these new UK funds are targeted at projects with enormous potential which could be of social, educational and economic benefit for the region.
“The immersive exhibit at Moat Brae will provide visitors with another top notch quality experience, building on all the work done in recent years to restore the building. “